\ ˈsnü-tē How to pronounce snooty (audio) \
snootier; snootiest

Definition of snooty

1 : looking down the nose : showing disdain
2 : characterized by snobbery a snooty store

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Other Words from snooty

snootily \ ˈsnü-​tə-​lē How to pronounce snooty (audio) \ adverb
snootiness \ ˈsnü-​tē-​nəs How to pronounce snooty (audio) \ noun

Examples of snooty in a Sentence

the actress plays a genteel yet faintly snooty older woman
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First Known Use of snooty

1919, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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10 Apr 2021

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“Snooty.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of snooty

informal + disapproving : having or showing the insulting attitude of people who think that they are better, smarter, or more important than other people


\ ˈsnü-tē How to pronounce snooty (audio) \
snootier; snootiest

Kids Definition of snooty

: rude and arrogant especially to people from a lower class

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